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Definition of muffle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    muffle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈmʌfl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌfl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they muffle
    BrE BrE//ˈmʌfl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌfl//
     
    he / she / it muffles
    BrE BrE//ˈmʌflz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌflz//
     
    past simple muffled
    BrE BrE//ˈmʌfld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌfld//
     
    past participle muffled
    BrE BrE//ˈmʌfld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌfld//
     
    -ing form muffling
    BrE BrE//ˈmʌflɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌflɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1muffle something to make a sound quieter or less clear He tried to muffle the alarm clock by putting it under his pillow.
  2. 2muffle somebody/something (up) in something to wrap or cover somebody/something in order to keep them/it warm She muffled the child up in a blanket.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (as a verb): perhaps a shortening of Old French enmoufler; the noun (mid 17th cent.) from Old French moufle ‘thick glove’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: muffle